Glenn Youngkin claimed to be pro-life.
But once he took office, he let everyone know just how little it mattered to him.
And now the VA Gov. who ran as a “pro-life” candidate is seeking moderate votes with this abortion compromise.
The Supreme Court’s decision to finally overturn the grotesque Roe v. Wade decision was seen as a huge victory for life.
And a major victory for the Constitution and the rule of law.
But in the Commonwealth of Virginia, it was viewed with dread by many.
In fact, headlines soon predicted that Virginia would become a “haven” for abortion, as it remains legal in the Old Dominion.
And unfortunately, Virginia’s Republican self-described “pro-life” Governor Glenn Youngkin is showing no signs of changing that.
Instead Youngkin has decided to start by selling out on life.
Youngkin announced that he would push for legislation restricting abortions, but only after 15 weeks.
And to arrive at this compromise bill, Youngkin’s office said the Governor would enlist four Republican lawmakers to draft a bill banning abortions in the state after 15 weeks, with exceptions for rape, incest, and cases where the mother’s life is endangered.
But there was more.
Before the Democrats and pro-abortion industry could even object to that compromise, Youngkin announced he was already willing to compromise and make it a 20-week ban instead.
“I’m proud to be a pro-life Governor and plan to take every action I can to protect life,” Youngkin claimed in a bizarrely worded press release.
“The truth is, Virginians want fewer abortions, not more abortions. We can build a bipartisan consensus on protecting the life of unborn children, especially when they begin to feel pain in the womb, and importantly supporting mothers and families who choose life.”
How Youngkin can claim he will “take every action I can to protect life” is puzzling to say the least.
Or as one Virginia long-time GOP political operative put it, “it’s not just puzzling, it’s an outright lie. Glenn Youngkin has already sold out the lives of babies for his own misguided political ambitions, it’s thoroughly disgusting.”
Even more disgusting is the cover being provided to Youngkin by access-based “pro-life” groups in Virginia who would rather be invited to events at the Governor’s mansion than actually save babies.
A 15-week ban would still allow for the vast majority of abortions to take place. A 2019 CDC report showed that 92.7% of abortions are performed at less than 13 weeks. A 20-week ban, which is what Youngkin will almost certainly end up getting, will be almost meaningless.
And even worse, Youngkin’s sell-out isn’t winning him any points with the pro-abortion “moderates” he so clearly wishes to curry favor with, it is only hurting him with his own base.
The proposal has already earned criticism from both pro-choice and pro-life legislators. At an abortion rights rally on Friday, state Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan (D–Richmond) said, “We’re going to say no.”
And strong pro-life Congressman Bob Good (R–VA) took to Twitter to write that “[i]n Virginia, let’s not pretend the Democrats will agree to ANY restrictions on abortion. No point in working alone so modestly for ‘pain capable’ legislation.”
Meanwhile, Youngkin has left the state to campaign for Republicans around the country, including in Iowa, as he attempts to make a case for his 2024 moderate run for the presidency.
Stay tuned to Right News Wire for any updates to this ongoing story.